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GM Survey: Kobe Bryant Remains Toughest Player In NBA

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NBA: Golden State Warriors at Los Angeles LakersBefore the start of a new NBA regular season, numerous media outlets will release their predictions for the upcoming season. So far this off-season, many are predicting the Lakers not to make the playoffs, and ESPN has ranked Kobe Bryant the 25th best player in the league.

This morning, NBA.com’s GM Survey was released, and Kobe Bryant’s name appeared often. While general managers no longer believe Bryant is the best shooting guard, he remains the toughest player in the NBA with 31.0 percent of the vote:

1. Kobe Bryant, L.A. Lakers — 31.0%
2. David West, Indiana — 13.8%
3. Nick Collison, Oklahoma City; Kenneth Faried, Denver; Kevin Garnett, Brooklyn — 6.9%

Most media outlets are clearly predicting that Bryant won’t return as the same player, but no one can question his mental and physical toughness. In a league full of players who flop or require the whole team to carry them off the court due to leg cramps, Bryant has continually shown his toughness, especially when he ruptured his Achilles against the Golden State Warriors.

With the Lakers down two points and a chance to tie, Bryant marched to the free throw line and helped the Lakers secure a playoff spot. After two inspirational free throws, Kobe walked back to the locker room on his own will. No one wanted to see that situation, but it cemented 17 years of toughness and counting.

With Kobe already running, all these preseason predictions will surely serve as motivation. To no one’s surprise, Bryant has changed his Twitter avatar to “1225″ to represent ESPN’s prediction of the Lakers finishing 12th in the Western Conference and his rank among NBA players.

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  • Kmac

    pfff…. that’s the only category Kobe wins …screw this guy!

    • Paytc

      That is why we must use our own minds and determine things for ourselves. Anyone with a bias opinion will pass judgements the way they see fit, usually for their own benefit. It’s all just speculative opinions.

      It is my belief that Kobe Bryant is the best player in the NBA. IMO everyone else is just playing catchup. He put in 18 years of high level playing and no one comes close to that.
      Tim Duncan is perhaps the closest, but hardly in the Kobe Bryant class IMO.

      Sure there will always be a player or two who has a great year and idiots call that person the best player in the league. Whoever is quick to buy that should call me in regards to some beach front properties in the midwest at an unheard of price.

      The toughest,the smartest,the best,the most accomplished,and the hardest worker hands down is Kobe Bryant.

      • C*HarrisTHEboss

        best comment ive seen from you

        • Paytc

          I figure if I put enough comments out there I’d get at least one good one :-)
          Thanks !

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jacob-Gallegos/1578850285 Jacob Gallegos

        They said the exact same thung about Peyton Manning, and look at his record.

  • Jim213

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